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Gravel Substrate stuff?
Old 02-05-2009, 01:59 PM   #1
 
Gravel Substrate stuff?

Stupid Stupid questions but-
what does gravel substrate actually do?
I have boiled ( 60 seconds a rock, VERY carefully) tumbled rocks, and i clean them (hot water and cloth) when i clean my tanks... But i read that i should have Substrate, so i bought some white gravel substrate... and it says rinse till the water runs clear to remove dust. So i did, and it still has dust in it when i put it in the tank, i have rinsed it VERY well probably 15 times, and it still has dusty (like ground up rocks) stuff. I suspect its just the rocks wearing each other down during shipment and stuff... How do i get rid of it? or does it not matter if it is there? I don't want to put it in till i know for sure
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Old 02-05-2009, 03:16 PM   #2
 
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Gravel is a good place for beneficial bacteria to grow, also a good place for fish poop to fall and be less noticeable. If you have a good filter, it should take the dust out of the water within a couple days.
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Old 02-06-2009, 12:35 PM   #3
 
I don't have a fliter :( they are just in 2 1/2 gallon Bowls wich i change every 5-7 days
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Old 02-06-2009, 04:02 PM   #4
 
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You try cleaning the gravel in a pasta strainer?
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Old 02-06-2009, 05:41 PM   #5
 
I use the glass gems in my bowls. They are easier to keep clean. I don't have filters either.
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Old 02-06-2009, 05:43 PM   #6
 
I have ran it through a strainer and a china cap... and when i soak it you can find like 1/4 MORE! urg!
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Old 02-06-2009, 06:27 PM   #7
 
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Not sure what the problem is. None of the gravel I have used has broke up like that. I guess if it all sinks it should be ok to use. Going back to your rocks or trying some different gravel would be some other options.
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Old 02-06-2009, 06:50 PM   #8
 
actually i was just going to put this in the third bowl i am starting up. it sinks, but will the fish some how manage to stir it up?
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Old 02-06-2009, 07:18 PM   #9
 
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I think it should be ok.
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